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NET Gets First Grants Out To Frontline Charities

Almost £11m raised in the first week of the Coronavirus Appeal

The National Emergencies Trust today announced the first allocations of nearly £2.5m will be going out to front line charities to help those most in need. The money will be distributed through UK Community Foundations to 46 local community foundations across the country.


This initial allocation is just the start. To date almost £11m has been pledged to the Trust with the nation’s businesses and major charitable trusts stepping forward to help. A further allocation of funds will be made in the coming days.


“We are delighted that there is growing support for the Trust and that we have been able to start getting money out to organisations who can help people within a week of launching.


But we need much more. That’s why we are calling on everyone, even at this unsettling time to dig deep and make a contribution. That generosity will ensure that we get through this unprecedented time with our most vulnerable communities cared for and supported.”


Lord Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust



“Never before have we had to pull together so quickly to support the most vulnerable in our society. Through our network of 46 community foundations, we have an in-depth understanding of local need and will ensure the generous donations support local groups to tackle this crisis.”


Rosemary Macdonald, Interim CEO of UK Community Foundations

Anyone can make a donation and further donations can be made by clicking the below button.

How The Fund Helps


There are many ways in which the fund will help people, these include:


Getting food to people who are isolated and in greatest need


Protecting our most vulnerable children while schools are closed


Helping people who have recently left the hospital to recover at home


Supporting people with their mental wellbeing


Helping people who are struggling with debt.

Last week’s appeal was launched in partnership with the British Red Cross and with the support of the Duke of Cambridge and the Trust has received thousands of donations from the public, companies and charitable foundations. The most significant contributions have come from the following:

Charitable Trusts








The FA


M&G Investments



Bloom & Wild


National Grid


Schools Trader

AI Corporation

Just Giving



Muslim Giving



Give Brite

Paypal Giving


Premier League

Among those backing the campaign are a number of Premier League stars who have launched #FootballUnited — a new initiative with the aim of raising £100,000 to help local communities through the National Emergencies Trust appeal.

Hector Ballerin

Arsenal Defender

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Manchester United Right-Back

Reece James

Chelsea Full Back

Lauren James

Manchester United

Andros Townsend

Crystal Palace Winger

Dwight McNeil

Burnley Midfielder

Callum Wilson

England Forward

NET Coronavirus Appeal

The world is in a state of emergency. The outbreak of coronavirus is affecting both businesses and people from across the globe. The Government is doing everything it can to alleviate some of this pressure. However, at times like this, it’s the strength and desire to help from the public that can make the most difference.


We will work collaboratively with a wide range of organisations to ensure the maximum amount of money is raised and distributed securely, effectively, and fairly to those organisations and local charities who can do the most to help those in need.


In time, we will report back on how the money raise was spent, and work collaboratively with others in the sector to share best practices and improve our nation’s emergency response over time.
With your support, and help from our partners, we’ll get through the impact caused by coronavirus, together.